WISMAC event scheduled for Nov. 20

By Amanda Siegfried

Effective negotiating is the topic of a career development symposium to be offered at
UT Southwestern this month.

Sponsored by the Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC), the symposium is open to faculty, postdoctoral scholars and students. Attendees must register in advance and can choose to attend one of two similar presentations: Thursday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the A.W. Harris Faculty and Alumni Center (refreshments will be provided 30 minutes before the presentation); or Friday, Nov. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Senior Lecture Hall (D1.502), located beneath McDermott Plaza (lunch will be provided at this session).

  Linda Wilcox

The guest speaker will be Linda Wilcox, ombudsperson at Harvard Medical School, who will encourage audience participation during her presentations.

“This type of event is important because few people acquire negotiation skills in the course of their education, and these skills do not come naturally to many,” said Dr. Melanie Cobb, dean of the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Susanne Mumby, assistant dean for postdoctoral affairs and WISMAC co-chair, said many people could benefit from advice on how to handle conflicts, achieve agreement and maintain relationships for the future.

“Because negotiation can be a collaborative rather than adversarial process, Ms. Wilcox will encourage attendees to develop an approach to best communicate their needs while taking into account the needs of other parties in the negotiation,” Dr. Mumby said.

To register for the event, e-mail wismac@utsouthwestern.edu by Nov. 13.

WISMAC is a standing committee at UT Southwestern composed of appointed representatives from the faculty, administration, fellows and the student body. With support from Southwestern Medical Foundation, the committee provides information and organizes initiatives on issues related to women in science and medicine.